FederalTaxes & SpendingRep. Chip Roy Forces Members to Once Again Vote on Government Funding Bill

Congressman Chip Roy has once again objected to unanimous consent and forced House members to actually vote on federal spending.
November 19, 2019
While it’s unclear who exactly would play the role of Bluto, on Tuesday the People’s House continued its rhetorical food fight, Animal House style. While most eyes focused on the impeachment spectacle, the House attempted to delay debate over federal spending and pass a continuing resolution spending vehicle without so much as a vote.

It didn’t happen.

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX-21) once again objected to the unanimous consent motion, forcing a recorded vote before it can be sent over to the Senate.

Roy posted a statement on Twitter, saying, “I objected because we should vote. I also objected because this entire deal is precooked. It’s a clear swamp tactic to move a CR to right before Christmas designed to maximize spending money we don’t have. All of this is objectionable and is a microcosm of what is wrong with DC.”

The outspoken Texas freshman first utilized this strategy in late-May, preventing a unanimous consent vote on the $19.1 billion disaster aid package due to a lack of offsets and debate. Joined by other members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Roy again employed this strategy in June to force action on the border crisis.

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In September, the House punted the funding bill by passing a continuing resolution through November 21. This measure once again punts the spending debate, this time kicking it out to December 20 right before the Christmas holidays.

The national debt ticker recently passed a dubious milestone as the United States government is now over $23 trillion in debt.


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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.